In the Berkshire Mountains & HOME!

Here are some photos from our climb over the Berkshires. We took Rt 2 through Williamstown and Greenfield. Below are the view from the “hairpin” between Williamstown and Greenfield, and then at the top of the pass in Florida (the town in MA, not the state).  The ride down along the Savoy River valley was as beautiful as it was exhilarating.

On Wednesday, we arrived home! Thanks to all who have followed our little pilgrimage. Hope you enjoyed our trek around the Great Lakes.


Back to Massachusetts

Shaw and I just crossed over into Williamstown, Massachusetts yesterday (Sunday)!  Below are photos from our weekend rides:  lock #8 on the Erie Canal in Schenectady; in Rome, New York on Saturday morning; at the top of Petersburg Pass with Massachusetts and the Berkshires in the background;  looking back into New York State from the top of Petersburg Pass. We should be back in Newton soon!

Into Upstate New York

Last Sighting: Rochester, NY

Below are photos from our ride over the Canadian side of Lake Erie:  Our campsite overlooking Lake Erie last Friday, July 7. Lilies growing wild along the road – there were lots of these lilies along roads north of Lake Erie!  Buffalo, NY, from the Canadian side. Traffic on the Peace Bridge leading to the border checkpoint at Buffalo; this checkpoint goes much more quickly on a bicycle.

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In Northern Michigan

Last spotted at Ossineke State Forest

ossineke-state-forestI write to update you on how the trip is going. We are currently (Monday, July 3) camped at Ossineke State Forest south of Alpena, Michigan, on the Huron coast. After several weeks of rain, the forecast for this week is beautiful:  cool, sunny, and very little rain.  We took a day off on Saturday (June 30), and our host for the evening took us sailing on Little Traverse Bay (top photo). Shaw, who learned to sail at Community Boating at the Charles River basin, put his skills to good use on a gusty day, helping our host guide her 28 foot boat around the bay. Continue reading

Near Green Bay, Wisconsin

As a true believer, I had to stop by the “shrine” when we passed through Green Bay. Here I am at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.

Today (Wednesday), was a picture-perfect day in eastern Wisconsin. Here are some pics from our ride on county roads south of Green Bay. We are spending tonight in Sheboygan, and will head to Milwaukee tomorrow (Thursday).  Today was a welcome respite from the rain, which is to return tonight and tomorrow. In contrast to Ontario, Minnesota and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, there are almost no gravel roads in Wisconsin. Nearly all are paved because the dairy trucks need to get through to the dairy farms. These rural paved roads make for great bicycling!

Lake Michigan into Wisconsin

Shaw and I are now at Lake Michigan!  Here we are at the edge of Green Bay (the body of water, not the town).  We left Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula this morning and should make Marinette, just a across the Wisconsin line, this evening. We’ve had lots of rain. The locals tells us that this is an especially wet spring. The rain keeps us cool, however, and holds the insects at bay.

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